Tradition: 'Wunnerful Women' carry on appeal of Welk's Show"
- By Lindsay
Allen, Staff Writer
- Mt. Pleasant
- Mt. Pleasant,
- Sunday, May
- After almost
33 years as a star of "The Lawrence Welk Show," Ralna
English isn't looking to quit anytime soon.
going to perform until I fall apart - until I can't do it anymore.
I think I'll know when it's time to quit," English said
in a telephone interview from her Arizona home. "Right now,
I'm having too much fun. I'm not ready to quit."
- This year
marks the 50th year of the show, which is viewed by 2.5 million
people on 276 public television stations each week.
ask me - it's a phenomenon," English said of the show's
success. "We have generation after generation . That's why
we're still on the air."
- But the show's
stars aren't limited toothier weekly television appearance. English
tours extensively on her own, and she's recently joined forces
with classmates Mary Lou Metzger, Ava Barber and Gail Farrell
to form the "4 Wunnerful Women," a touring production
based on the Lawrence Welk Show concept.
- The 4 Wunnerful
Women will perform at 3 p.m. May 20 at the Soaring Eagle Casino
Entertainment Hall in Mt. Pleasant, and the show will include
gospel music, patriotic music, songs from the big band era and
the music of the Andrews Sisters.
- The performance
will feature a number of costume changes, several individual
performances and many collaborative performances by the four
women, English said.
the 4 Wunnerful Women stage show serves as a tribute to the late
Welk, who died in 1992.
created a family - he called us his musical family," English
said of the show's cast. "We have continued to be a family.
We tolerate each other, we love each other, we respect each other
and we're protective of one another also."
- And especially
close-knit are the members of the 4 Wunnerful Women, she said.
love working together so much, and it's so evident when people
see us," English said. "It's turned out to be one of
the best things."
live is English's favorite way to connect with her fans, who
are primarily members of the older crowd.
- "I like
the live performances most because every night you have a different
audience and you're able to be fresh with your performance,"
for the May 20 performance by the 4 Wunnerful Women cost $27
and can be purchased at the Soaring Eagle Casino box office or
by calling (800) 585-3737 (toll free). Tickets also are available
online at www.tickets plus.net.